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MSNBC
Nov 25, 2009 12:00am EST
york. leading off tonight, war news. president obama will announce his decision on afghanistan in a primetime speech next week. and he's expected to give general mcchrystal 35,000 more troops, slightly less than the 40,000 the general asked for. the decision will perhaps quiet charges from dick cheney and those on his side that he's dithering on afghanistan. but now the president will have to confront the liberal wing of his own party, who see this as nothing short of an escalation of war, even a new war. so can president obama sell his troop commitment to leading democrats? can he fight a war mainly dependent on republican voters? and how will it sell to an increasingly skeptical american public? >>> plus, you're not going to like this picture. president obama may have republicans on his side when it comes to afghanistan, but his decision to try 9/11 mastermind khalid shaikh mohammed up in new york federal court has given them another reason for attack. and now an attorney for one of ksm's co-defendants says all five detainees plan to plea not guilty and act as their own lawyers in
MSNBC
Nov 22, 2009 7:00am EST
obama has his chin out on just about every hot issue out there. health care, terror trials, job losses, even the breast cancer report. he is exposed and vulnerable. his poll numbers are dropping. is he just too darned intellectual? too much the egg head? why did he bow to that japanese emperor? why did he pick tim geithner to be his economic front man? why all of this dithering over afghanistan? and who thought it was a wonderful idea to bring the killers of 9/11 to new york city? the media capital of the world to tell their story? is obama channeling adlai stevenson? and 46 years after the jfk assassination, sunday is the anniversary. we are still learning fascinating details in the frantic hours after the shooting. especially about lbj. the author of a new book on the kennedy assassination joins us tonight. don't miss it. also for someone who claims she is forsaken vengeance, sarah palin was pretty vengeful in an interview with the christian broadcasting network? is she irish? bigger question. is she qualified to be president? it's an easy yes or no question. i posed to to hal
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2009 6:00pm EST
obama in office, they're now stepping up saying they're willing to work against those who fight the public option. manage that. >> well, look, i mean, you have to get a bill through and it has to be a good bill. that's why i have always been in favor of reconciliation. i said that months ago, because the people need to vote on this. if you put this up to a fair vote, you would have this pass in a moment. the bill -- by the way, i think harry reid has done a fantastic job. sensational job in getting a decent bill -- >> nobody else has gotten it this far in 50 years. >> he's been fantastic. of course, a lot of people helping him. you know, the problem is because of the actions, the potential actions, i don't think these folks are all going to vote against the consideration of the bill. >> dr. dean, great to have you with us tonight. got to have you back. >>> let me bring in katrina vanden heuvel, editor of "the nation." thanks for your time. it is coming down with war inside the party and the progressive groups. now, the next 30 days, probably legislatively, the most important 30 to 4
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 1:00pm EST
mitchell live in new york today. president obama just finished his news conference with the indian prime minister and savannah guthrie is live on the north lawn of the white house. savannah, let's talk about the big issues between the two of them. first and foremost, the president, of course, was questioned about afghanistan and a big question with the indian leader, as well. >> absolutely. we talk about afghanistan and we now talk about pakistan, afghanistan as a region and indian/pakistan are long-time enemies. it's a very interesting dynamic and the timing is fascinating, isn't it? the first state visit being india. at the moment, the president has finally, we're told, come close, if not already have arrived at his decision about afghanistan. what we know the decision is coming within days. i was told it was likely tuesday evening and a prime minister speech, but that is not a luck. we will have to wait and see if that is going to be the day he announces the decision. he previewed that decision today for those of us in the press, but you just played really the key sound bite there whe
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2009 7:00pm EST
were the key to barack obama's election victory are turning away from the democrats. in the latest nbc news/wall street journal poll, only 20% of independents have a favorable view of democrats, compared to 42% who had a unfavorable view before. add to that the president's falling approval ratings, and you have nervous democrats and giddy republicans looking ahead to next year's midterm elections. could the republicans take back the house of representatives? >>> plus, good news for sarah palin. republicans in iowa like her. interesting news for sarah palin. nobody else in iowa does. why sarah palin could win the republican nomination in 2012 and get hurt badly. well the party would in the election. >>> and can dick cheney come up with one good thing to say about president obama? check out the "hardball" sideshow tonight. >>> let's begin with health care reform with u.s. senator bob corker of tennessee, a republican. senator, thank you for joining us as we begin the holiday season. why don't the republican party, when you've been in charge, why don't you ever do health reform? >> well,
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 8:00pm EST
sarah palin thinks she understands. >> first, obama's dinner for the prime minister of india. fox news reported john boehner wasn't invited. he was invited, but declined to go home to ohio to, i don't know, work on his tan. worsts, beck calls mary landrieu a prostitute. now says, we know you're hooking, you're just not cheap. >> where is the call for beck to be fired from sarah palin? all the news and commentary now on countdown. >> i guess shame is dead. >>> good evening from new york. adds the self-declared spoiler of the health care reform bill that begins debate, who does the jr. senator from connecticut represent. 10% do not have health insurance tonight. aetna, one of the health insurance with their headquarters. joe lieberman saying he will not vote for a bill with a public option. this week is dubbed the senator from aetna drawing a line in the sand telling the newspaper, i'm going to be stubborn on this refusing to accept the trigger compromise by olympia snowe. the government or the taxpayers are liable for the deficit that plan runs without limit. the bill will save the
MSNBC
Nov 19, 2009 6:00pm EST
, the obama economic team doesn't understand the urgency of now. that's how i see it, because none have ever had to meet payroll. there are no excuses. now that wall street has been given the farm and all the minerals to go with it, when does the clock strike 12:00 for these folks? i agree it's starting to reflect on the president. president obama has stuck with geithner. good loyalty. but the president and his party are going to be judged on job numbers that aren't good. there is no denying that geithner has failed to deliver on that front. he claims to have saved the economy from a complete collapse. no, the taxpayers saved the economy from complete collapse. we went along with all of this. geithner basically saved aig. i don't think the democrats are willing to lose the majority over the ineptitude of the treasury secretary. how many congressman in the house do you think would go along with geithner's remove natural >> when you mention geithner or larry summers, there is -- there are boos and cries of derision. i think there's a growing consensus in the caucus we need a new economic
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 12:00am EST
ditching president obama and his democratic party? should democrats be nervous? nbc political analyst charlie cook is joining us, editor and publisher of the "cook political report." he's the best in the business. "newsweek's" howard fineman is a political analyst and brilliant columnist, again, proving that again this week. with his column for "newsweek." let's look at a couple polls this week. this is a fascinating poll. party i.d. if i ask you, "what are you?" at a party or on a street corner. what are you, anyway? pollster.com looks at all of the polls and puts them together into a trendline. look at this, independents have risen in the last six months to up to 36% of voters, more than a third now, more than either party. and republicans are falling drastically down to 22. charles cook, even though the president is the one trying to run the country right now, and lead us, he gets hurt. but knew marically, the republicans are getting hurt bad in this shift to independents. >> they have -- they have not held -- republicans are being given a wonderful opportunity to pick up a bunch o
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2009 6:00am EST
, which is president obama's top domestic priority. there are a handful of holdouts. we'll get to that. mike barnicle with us. willie geist scampering in like a bunny. >> i don't want to hear the nay sayers. mike barnicle, this is big. big mo. >> what a bunch of nerds. the nerd celebration down there. >> it's great, baby. it's good. >> lots of headlines this morning beyond health care reform. we'll get to that. >> we're packed. >> there are some nay sayers who say it's dead on arrival. >> what did you say? >> i'm excited for them. >> be happy for them. >> what i am talking about is just how much one will pay for a vote. the louisiana purchase, "the washington post" reporting this morning just how much senator landrieu's vote cost. we'll have that. >> speaking of purchases. >> you got the coffee. >> in the grocery store on saturday, i purchased this. >> up in boston, huh? >> that's good. in your local grocery store. little advertisement. also, a storeevey of another key having trouble with the catholic church, or perhaps just rabble rousing. saturday night live has a really tough t
MSNBC
Nov 30, 2009 6:00pm EST
president obama's big speech on afghanistan tomorrow night which will be on msnbc. time for "the ed show" with ed schultz. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york tonight. well, it's the story everybody's talking about. the president can go all over the world, but we're not really sure if he's going to be safe in his own home. the crashing of president obama's first state dinner could have been a disaster. white house press secretary robert gibbs took the heat today. >> the focus of the investigation at this point is on the fact that the name wasn't on the list, that name wasn't waved in, but that couple got into the white house and i think that's what the secret service is rightly focused on. i'm simply reiterating for the three questions i got on the same subject what the u.s. secret service put out on this. the president has faith in the secret service, always has, and that's not about to change. >> okay. it brings the definition of an open-door policy to a new level, doesn't it? fortunately it turns out to be a major embarrassment to the president's securi
MSNBC
Nov 19, 2009 4:00pm EST
, president obama's due back at the white house this hour, where he will be greeted by a new challenge from iran. mahmoud ahmadinejad's still refuses to come clean about iran's nuclear program. >> we have begun discussions with our international partners about the importance of having consequences. >>> and is it a sign of the times when an old man with an oxygen tank feels he has no other choice than to try to rob a bank? all of that and more this hour only on msnbc. good afternoon, i'm tamron hall, live in new york. >> i'm david shuster, live in washington. and in "the big picture" this hour, health care reform legislation is now on track for a dramatic procedural vote in the u.s. senate. today majority leader harry reid began a process that will culminate on saturday with senators deciding whether to let the legislation continue to debate. reid and his leadership colleagues, who led a rally this afternoon on capitol hill, are not certain they have the 60 votes they need for this early test but their confidence is growing. congressional budget crunchers said today the democrats' lates
MSNBC
Nov 30, 2009 4:00pm EST
hour, president obama is putting the final touches on his afghan policy speech. this time tomorrow, the president will fly to the u.s. military academy at west point in new york, and will tell a nationwide prime time television audience how he proposes the united states will win the war. as it stands, there are 68,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan, and there's every indication today that mr. obama will announce he plans to deploy an additional 30,000 to 35,000 u.s. troops. back in august, general stanley mcchrystal, the top u.s. commander in if afghanistan, argued that a troop increase was essential, and that the u.s. had a window of a year or less to stabilize the country before the cause would be lost. today at the white house, spokesman robert gibbs gave a broad preview of the president's speech. >> the president will reiterate the importance of why we're there. but also, by all means, very early on acknowledge the tremendous cost and sacrifice to our men and women in uniform. >> as the white house prepares for tomorrow night's address, there is great anticipation in afghanistan wh
MSNBC
Nov 29, 2009 8:00am EST
security. and this is a big deal. especially for the obama administration, this week we're expecting obama to make an announcement about the international security plans for the future yet we have a white house that can't even secure its own front gates. there are many people who would love to get into a white house state dinner and that's very interesting to people. they got into the blue room and posed with high-level local politicians. they're known as socialites and owe money to high-end vendors in the washington area. apparently they haven't paid the bills in a little while. they have quite a long court history of civil suits lined up. and this is something that's all come to light now that the secret service is taking a look into their past. >> yeah. a few of the things coming to light regarding michaele says shaes former model, largest shoe collection in washington, d.c. wow. there's some controversy over the claims, notably, the claim to be a pro cheerleader, right? >> that's right t. washington redskins cheerleading association says they find no record of her being on the squad th
MSNBC
Nov 19, 2009 10:00pm EST
to barack obama. instead of throwing away customers' hair after a cut he sculpted it into a likeness of our 44th president. you may remember his first work tiananmen hair discovered on this show. the obama sculpture went prematurely gray. >>> in france where the new edict is when the metaphor call hampster wheel of life isn't enough for you, you can stay in a bed of hay and an exercise wheel. you may have seen this video all over your local news but i don't know if anybody let you in on the inside joke. this is being portrayed as some sort of silly french gag or novelty hotel. uh-uh. there are adults who like to cress up in animal suits and then go to hotels with other adults dressed up in animal suits. i'm sorry, it's true. i know monty python did a sketch about this in 1969 about men dressed up in mice. doesn't make it less true. continental hamster breakfast included. >>> the fearmonger in chief. wow, i never even called lonesome roads beck that. why is rupert murdoch denying what he said on tape about his reporter. >>> sarah palin answers what news sources she reads. only took he
MSNBC
Nov 19, 2009 3:00pm EST
surveyed disapprove of the way president obama is handling health care reform and when it comes to the version of health care reform that passed in the house of representatives, look at that just 35% of voters approve of it. mike viqueira joins us now, polls, strong words from boehner, but in the end, harry reed is not certain he has the votes to bring this to a debate where does this really stand in your perspective? >> i tell you it is really amazing, saturday around here is going to be a nail biter like you very seldom have seen. you know the story, need 60 of 00 senators get this thing, even on the floor to start the debate about health care reform in the senate, tamron if they get that 60 it is called cloture or a motion to proceed. they will take another month, up until christmas, all likelihood to dewait this thing and we can expect republicans to throw up every procedural roadblock in the book they possibly can. they think the politics -- right on the politics of this. they think they are right on the policy of this. there was a gastronomic theme among republican leaders, you h
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2009 8:00am EST
hour on msnbc, a first at the obama's first state dinner. it's not something the white house is proud of. how two d.c. socialites were able to crash the party. we're going to visit with troops in iraq and afghanistan. plus, if you thought black friday was the day for deals, think again. how retailers are shifting strategy in this recession. good morning once again. happy thanksgiving. thanks for joining us. i'm alex witt. we're starting this hour with a security breach at the white house. a virginia couple walked right on into president obama's state dinner, they were uninvited. only found out after posting the pictures on facebook. secret service says the president was never at risk. savannah guthrie is at the white house. with a good morning to you. what in the world happened? how did these two get in? >> reporter: that's what the secret service is investigating. the preliminary findings are that proper procedures weren't followed at one of the check points but there is a huge question of how this couple could get past layers of security and get that close to the president. >>
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 9:00pm EST
singh and mrs. obama. have a happy thanksgiving and rush over and pick me up a doggy bag from this thing, i would appreciate it. >> they'll have plenty of leftovers, it looks like. >> that's "countdown." i'm keith olbermann, good night and good luck. to discuss the battle, ladies and gentlemen, sitting in for rachel maddow, governor dooen. good evening. >> thanks keith and thank you for staying with us. rachel is continuing her well-deserved vacation time. we are continuing with health care reform, now on life support. a small group of senators are killing the senate health care reform bill, if it includes a public option. the most vocal is senator joe lieberman, of connecticut. he's going to block a bill that includes any version of a public option. with the senate less than a week away from debating health care reform, democratic majority leader, harry reid has a choice, stand firm on the public option or compromise it to get something passed. those on the compromise side argue that we should let the bill pass without a public option to get all the good insurance reform in the bi
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2009 10:00am EST
. states added jobs in october. and president obama's approval rating is below 50% in two major polls. gallup says the president's approval is at 49% down from 68% when he first took office. i'm joined now live from washington by the white house reporter for "the washington post." good morning, ann. >> good morning. >> let's get to what gallup says about the numbers saying it is not a statistical development because the approval has already been at or near 50%. however, it is a symbolic development. >> it's been drifting down, his approval ratings pretty much ever since he took office. it's kind of no surprise that eventually it was going to tick down below the 50% mark. it's kind of like the unemployment rate. we knew it was going to rise above 10% but when it did finally it actually mattered. we're seeing that happen. the white house of course is going to downplay what this really means. i think it's almost natural for any president in office a full year with also having the control of congress for the public to be wary but it's not a good development for them. that is why they're h
MSNBC
Nov 26, 2009 10:00am EST
diplomacy. and definitely the hottest ticket in town. this was the obama's first, and everyone was watching. >> general and mrs. powell. >> reporter: the guest list looked like a who's who of global celebrities, colin powell, steven spielberg, deepak chopra. >> mr. and mrs. salahi. >> reporter: wait. who? >> mr. and mrs. salahi. >> reporter: the names tareq and michaela salahi were nowhere on it. there they were, up dating photo on their facebook page, with vice president biden, chief of staff rahm emanual, with vice president biden again, even with marine guards. so, who are they? if you check youtube, you can find their wedding video. "the washington post" describes them as polo playing socialites best known for the feud over a virginia winery. and their upcoming roles in a reality tv show, "real housewives of washington." the cable channel owned by the parent company of this network declined to comment. how did they get into the white house? the secret service says it's looking into a report that individuals not on the guest list were admitted to the event. but insists neither t
MSNBC
Nov 30, 2009 9:00am EST
of battle. >>> and then will president obama's decision mean senator obama standards? good morning, my name is da e i. and i am the fine little host of this program called the "morning meeting." and it begins right now. big week ahead. we will break down what we need to expect. jonathan capehart is here, and crisis management eric deznol joining the meeting, and chuck todd on the health care debate, and kristin dolldrin rounding things out for us. what happened outside of tiger woods' florida home this weekend? for three days in a row, woods said he did not want to speak with police investigating the crash. we are getting some idea from his neighbor's call to 911. >>> the prominent website, tmz that tracks hollywood gossip said tiger's wife attacked him with a golf club because of an affair, and tiger was injured trying to drive away. eric, however the facts play out in the case, not a good five days in the tiger woods' camp. how much damage is done to the business and to the entire enterprise as a result -- and image as a result of all this? >> it's too early to tell. tiger woods
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2009 9:00am EST
tv wannabes who snuck into the white house state dinner. the obama administration has now released this photo of the salahis cozying up to the president. the secret service says it's embarrassed over the incident. good morning to you, mike. let's figure out what we know about the salahis, first of all what makes them socialitesocial? >> about an hour west of washington in the foothills of virginia in the shenandoah valley, the blue ridge mountains. it's horse country, there's a whole social set out there, part of the washington social scene when they come back into town and apparently the salahis were members of that set or aspiring members of that set. they have run polo competitions and there's fighting back and forth over the inheritance of a winery. but here's the basic story. these folks who have got a camera crew following them around from bravo, which is an nbc property. are essentially reality show wannabes, they want to be on one of these real housewives shows. they show up on tuesday night, the first state dinner that the president has shown for the prime minister of indi
MSNBC
Nov 30, 2009 2:00pm EST
. >>> president obama is giving the official orders on afghanistan ahead of his prime time speech tomorrow night. we are hearing part of his plan for the troops' commitment will not be open-ended. we will get the latest from white house. >>> plus, the white house press secretary whaermd questions just a little bit ago about this couple crashed the state dinner. how did it happen? what are they going to do to make sure it never happens again? really, the burning question of the day, should this couple face charges for party crashing? >>> police in washington state are frantically looking for a cop killer. they have lost some precious time because they thought they were in a standoff with the man. they weren't. we are also learning more about the suspect on the run. as it stands now, armed and dangerous and no one knows where he is. we will be right back. now, in a not-so-mini size. the all-new gmc terrain. with an epa estimated 32 miles per gallon highway. may the best car win. transform drinks you want, into cold medicine you need. introducing fast crystal packs. a new way from alka-seltzer plus
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2009 4:00pm EST
barack obama. to lead changes, to make changes. one of the changes he campaigned so hard on was changes in the health care system. and just as surely, voters elected democrats to majorities, big majorities in the house and the senate to do the same thing. so it is our responsibility to lead. >> when senator reid brought this bill out, he said of all the bills i've seen, it is the best. to me, it is the best of the worst bills that i could ever see. and this is just more of the same. >> in the bigger picture, some hispanic lawmakers say the white house is behind a push in congress to prohibit illegal immigrants from buying insurance in an exchange. the house bill that passed earlier would prevent illegal immigrants from getting subsidies to buy insurance but they would be allowed to use their own money to buy plans from an insurance exchange. the senate bill goes even further and cuts off the option to allow illegal immigrants to buy a plan from an exchange. congressional hispanic caucus member says "a forensic study would show it all leads back to rahm emanuel and the white hous
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2009 4:00am EST
country. president obama said it would be under $900 billion. it is not. president obama said it would not add to the deficit. it will. president obama said no one would lose the health care that they have, and they will. this is a terrible bill. what i would hope is that we could start all over with republican input, which was not in this bill, and try to do something for the american people that will bring down costs, will not cut medicare, and especially will give more access to people for affordable health care. >> you said you would like to see this stopped. what would you do to stop this bill? >> well, our only avenue to stop it is to let the american people know that their taxes are going to increase, that their premiums are going to increase, that medicare is going to be cut, and hope that democrats will bring republicans to the table. let's do something that will cut cost but not have a massive government takeover of health care. >> senator feinstein, the issue here is that, yes, a vote was cast positively to get the debate started. but there are centrist democrats who are not
MSNBC
Nov 22, 2009 11:00am EST
the country promoting her selling out book, president obama is dealing with a dip in the polls. gallup says the president as approval rating has fallen below 50%. new york times columnist maureen dowd says the president should take notes on palin. she writes barack obama who once had his own electric book tour testing the waters for a campaign could learn a thing or three from palin. palin can be stupefyingly simplistic. obama is impressively complex but seems static. she nurtures her grass roots while he neglects his. it's time for the president to reinvent this formula and convey a more three dimensional person. a.b. stoddard, columnist for "the hill." good morning. are you there? >> you're not hearing me? >> i got you now. what do you make of maureen dowd's advice for the president? >> well, i think the president needs advice with those poll numbers dipping beneglect 50% for the first time but i don't think it's as simple as this. president obama is a commander in chief in two wars, we're in 10.2% unemployment and rising. this country is hurting, people are scared and i don'
MSNBC
Nov 21, 2009 8:00am EST
29 states even more than half the states added jobs in on. . and gallup says that president obama's approval rating is down to 49%. i'm here with the senior editor for talking points. let's get to the president's approval rating hovering near 50%. gallup says this is not statistically significant. symbolically speaking this is a development. how does this affect the president's agenda if at all? >> obviously the president would prefer being mostly popular with the american people. but the white house talks about this a lot, they say they don't pay attention to the every day ups and downs in the polls. they do cite the ones that make him look good. he came in with astronomical popularity after the election. but i think part of this is the american people are concerned about the economy, but also they have seen that his agenda has become stalled in part buzz of what's happening on capitol hill. if health care reform happens, they're probably going to see an uptick in those approval ratings. >> the labor department says that unemployment rose 29% in october. could this be the main fact
MSNBC
Nov 29, 2009 2:00pm EST
leadership. we're in washington, let's talk about president obama. were you chosen to give the invocation at the inauguration and here is a portion of what you said that day. >> give to our new president, barack obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. >> how has he done? >> well, i think this president came with a number of cards stacked against him, that's for sure. he entered the presidency with more on the plate than many of the previous presidents entered with, and my biggest fear is that there will be too much on the agenda and that things will get bogged down. i personally believe that the number one thing we need to do is get america back to work. i think before health care or anything else we need to get people back to work. there's nearly 10% unemployed. that's the equivalent of canada being unemployed. and so we have to look at this fact if we get people back to work, then we can work on some of the other issues. now afghanistan, of course, was already going on but that's what leader
MSNBC
Nov 28, 2009 7:00am EST
michelle obama and daughters malia and sasha came out to check out the tree. it is an 18 1/2 foot douglas fir that will be on display in the white house blue room throughout the holidays. >>> an estimated 150 million people are expected to visit a shopping mall this holiday weekend alone and they all have one thing in common, looking for a big bargain. and likely a pet electronic hamster, too. the big country for retailers now, will consumers spend more or less this holiday shopping season? >> less. i'm doing my nephews, i'm doing my children and that's about it. >> and joining me now is cnbc's melissa lee. very good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> let's talk about what happened. retailers revamped the black friday strategy from last year to this. major deals out there. >> they really learned their lesson from last year. last year they were simply saddled with merchandise which forced them to cut prices more deeply as we approached the holiday season. and this year they have less inventory, which removes that pressure to give those widespread deep discounts. so what we s
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2009 10:00pm EST
seated for dinner. they asked the secret service to conduct a full review. but tonight president obama and his family spent time pitching in at a d.c. food pantry. the president said the holiday is a time to give thanks and also give back to who are less fortunate. >>> finally, the president will announce plans in bolstering forces in afghanistan in a speech tuesday. they are talking about afghan forces that will secure and hold forces taken from the taliban. >>> now back to "death and the dentist." >>> barton corbin had been indicted for murdering his girlfriend back in 1990 and his wife in 2004. to mount his defense, he hired top legal talent who argued both deaths were, in fact, suicide and that bart's connection was pure coincidence. >> we've contacted some of the finest forensic people in the country, and all of them say that the evidence is consistent with suicide. >> high-profile attorneys david wolf and bruce harvey were confident they could successfully defend dr. corbin. >> we're going into the courtroom in an attempt to demonstrate that nothing that the state can offer can o
MSNBC
Nov 22, 2009 9:00am EST
country promoting the sold out book, president obama's dealing with a dip in popularity. gallup says that president's approval rating fallen below the 50% mark. maureen dowd says the president should take notes on palin's popularity writing -- erin bill sgs deputy editor for roll call and manu raja for politico. good morning to you both of you. ladies first, what do you make of maureen dowd's advice for the president, erin? >> it is interesting but as a president of the united states in the spotlight on you as the president, you're having to govern and make the tough decisions, it is more difficult to appease everyone, and make everyone happy. it is easier out there selling a book and, you know, trying to appeal to the base which is what sarah palin's doing. >> manu, is the president's dip in the polls about policy or about perception? >> i think it is about jobs and the economy. i mean, as we have seen, that the economy's still struggling. ton employment rate is above 10%. and that was reflected in the new jersey and virginia governor's races earlier this month when two democrats lost an
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 3:00pm EST
president obama on afghanistan on a day when we know president obama now intends to announce his decision next week. good afternoon, everybody. i'm david shuster live in washington. >> there are several reports regarding the number of troops the president plans on sending to afghanistan. we'll talk much more about it. good afternoon. i'm tamron hall live in new york. david in the picture right now, president obama said today he intends to finish the job in afghanistan while dismantling al qaeda's ability to plot attacks against america. nbc news has learned the president is expected to announce his new plan for afghanistan as david mentioned next week, as early as december 1st. several news agencies including mcclach chi newspapers and the associated press report the president will send between 30 and 35,000 more u.s. troops to that region. >> i will be making an announcement to the american people about how we intend to move forward. i will be doing so shortly. i feel very confident that when the american people hear a clear rationale for what we're doing there and how we intend
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2009 9:00am EST
health care? and is obama himself a sellout. the author is here to layout how the government, the president has given out the money. and then what you will see from retailers this black friday, but is this a trend or talker. >> we are taking you on to the white house red carpet. the fashion and the food as the president and his very first state dinner are in the bag. i am dylan ratigan. this is the "morning meeting." let's get started right now. joining us in new york this hour to help break everything down in the next few minutes, the managing editor for "the times," and then msnbc contributor, jonathan capehart, and then mike, but let's start with savannah. >> the president will announce today he will go to copenhagen for the climate change summit. this is the subject of speculation for a few weeks now. will he or will he not go, especially since it seems clear there will not be a break through agreement from the summit. but we can report the president will travel and make an appearance and make it part of his norway stop for the peace prize. >> do you think there is a truth to
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2009 6:00am EST
back in. now it's your time. i'm just going to be quiet. >>> president obama is signaling his intentions to send thousands of u.s. troops to afghanistan despite slipping public support for the war. an announcement is expected early next week likely during a primetime address on tuesday. although most details are not yet public, including the exact number of troops and specific exit strategies, the president says he intends to destroy terror networks during the course of his administration. >>> meanwhile, the president is also reaching out to india, another major player in the region. the country's prime minister was the guest of honor last night at the first state dinner. although there were plenty of big hollywood and media names on hand, the focus turned to international relations. >> tonight we gather again for the first state dinner of my presidency with prime minister manmohan singh and mrs. gersherwan as we celebrate the growing partnership between the united states and india. mr. prime minister, today we work to fulfill our duty, bring our countries closer together than
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 11:00am EST
. >>> this hour president obama and prime minister singh will hold a joint news conference. that is ahead. set to start at 11:35 eastern time and we will have it for you live here on msnbc. >>> dick cheney is yet again challenging president obama's leadership and his decision making when it comes to the war strategy in afghanistan. cheney, again, repeating his earlier accusation that the president has, quote, dithered when it comes to that strategy but he is also questioning the experience level of the president and his cabinet. here is what the former vp said on the scott hanen radio show just yesterday. >> he was given a strategy that was pretty well put together at the end of our administration, just recommendations. he adopted many of them, announced the strategy in march, reinforced it in august before the speech to the vfw and then in the fall, when it's time to decide, based on mcchrystal's recommendations, he has dithered. >> we're getting word the top u.s. general in afghanistan and the u.s. ambassador to that country are expected to testify before congress. that is set to happen
MSNBC
Nov 23, 2009 3:00pm EST
political fallout to come? >>> a war surtax as president obama considers sending more troops to afghanistan, new questions about who will pay for the move. now democrats opposed to the troop increase say that if mr. obama wants to move forward, he should raise taxes. >>> washington's oscars. the president and first lady host their first state dinner at the white house. the official guest list guarded until just hours before the dinner, but details are coming out, including how the obamas are putting their own touch on the ultraexclusive event. >>> plus, at the american music awards adam lambert's performance featured leather, leashes and a male on male liplock. did this performance cross the line? the big picture starts right now. >>> good afternoon, everybody. good afternoon. i'm david schuster live in washington. >> we start out with breaking news. mark sanford is facing 37 charges that he broke state laws limiting official use of airplanes and campaign money. the second term republican governor has been under scrutiny since he vanished for five days last summer, reappearing t
MSNBC
Nov 25, 2009 2:00pm EST
nato allies will be providing about an additional 5,000 troops, which gives president obama a little bit of wiggle room to maybe go somewhat lower than he might otherwise have, below the 40,000 that general mcchrystal originally subjected. >> michael shear and barry mccaffrey, thank you very much. happy thanksgiving to you. >>> following breaking news in utah county, a rescue team working to free a man trapped in a cave. the 26-year-old is stuck 150 feet underground in what's called the nutty putty cave, in a narrow part of the cave known as the birth canal. police say he has been trapped 11 hours. rescuers are using air-powered tools to chip away the rock that's around him. as soon as we get more information about his situation, we will bring that to you. >>> let's talk travel here, in case you are finishing up your suitcases or putting on the car carrier before you head out for the holiday, we have a live shot from newark liberty international airport in new jersey, looks like it is a little foggy out there 2 million people traveling by air this weekend but air travel is way down,
MSNBC
Nov 30, 2009 11:00am EST
60 votes they need to finish the fight. >>> plus, president obama facing an incredible week as he prepares to announce his long-awaited strategy for the war in afghanistan. >>> will those white house party crashers face charges? new details emerging now about the fame-obsessed couple and now at least two lawmakers are calling for a criminal investigation. >>> good morning. i'm monica novotny. >> i'm tamron hall. >>> developing story out of washington state. the suspect of an ambush on police near seattle is now said to be nowhere to be found. police thought 37-year-old maurice clemmons was held up in a seattle home but can't find him now. he is accused of shooting four police officers execution style in a suburban seattle coffee shop and nearly a decade ago, clemmons prison sentence of 60 years was commuted by former arkansas governor mike huckabee. nbc george lewis is live in parkland, washington. police thought the man was held up in the home and not the case so where are they searching? >> they are searching the neighborhood and looking at the add joining houses in that area. t
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 9:00am EST
obama will have a primetime speech a week from this evening. the president met for the final time last night with his top war council advisers. he is expected to announce an increase between 35,000 troops and maybe 32,000 troops. and it doesn't address there is only 100 al qaeda members there, but we will send more troops it sounds like. according to politico, senior democrats are having a tax. so more troops sounds like where we are headed and more taxes is where we are headed. jim, you are in afghanistan. what is the round point of view relative to the policy conversation? >> well, if it is 32,000 to 35,000 troops, that's similar to the amount that went into the surge in iraq. military planners are hoping the effects are similar. most americans now believe the affects in the surgeon in iraq were positive. more boots on the ground in populated areas, the so-called separating the enemy from the people if it plays out. we see interaction between u.s. forces on a daily basis with afghan nationals. that will very quickly save the military planners and improve their lives and it will
MSNBC
Nov 20, 2009 9:00pm EST
issue of fiscal conservatism, president obama tried early on to define health reform as the fiscally responsible necessary thing to do. and, in fact, this is the biggest effort at health care cost control ever. you see that reflected in the effect it's supposed to have on the deficits. is part of the reason this has been so hard politically, because that fiscal responsibility message got dropped? >> i don't think they've dropped it intentionally. i don't think anybody believes it. everybody sees the $900 billion, $1 trillion tag over ten years and says it won't increase the deficit. i don't think people believe that because every time in the past there's been an effort to control the growth of health care spending it's failed. i think most of the controls here kick in five, six years down the road. people don't really believe that element of the bill will play out as they're saying. having said that, i think there's enormous public support for health care reform. i doesn't think any democrat and i think each of these two senators tomorrow will say, we'll vote for the debate to make i
MSNBC
Nov 24, 2009 2:00pm EST
point in the show, right? >> yes, we are. the big story this hour, president obama is giving hints about his decision on what he wants to do next in afghanistan. >> during a news conference with india's prime minister today, the president said he'd make an announcement after thanksgiving. he said the buck will stop with him. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, i think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> there's been a lot of talk about how much a troop surge is going to cost. it looks as though the white house is addressing those concerns with budget director peter orszag seen in this picture at last night's war council meeting. joining us, mike viqueira. what does he bring? >> a pair of green eye shades. he was the cbo director before he came over here in the new democratic administration who understands the governmental budget process and how much all of this is likely to cost. there was talk about the iraqi burn rate for many years now when the democrats were challenging president bus
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Nov 25, 2009 11:00am EST
in april so i'm curious if the obama white house is going to extend that beyond april. that's what a lot of people would like to see but it could contribute to the numbers not exactly accurate picture what is happening with home sales. >> back to the possibility of a second stimulus as you pointed out and ms others they would not call it that because of the reaction the first stimulus people don't believe that in some cases it was large enough, others say it has not worked. what kind of support would there be out there for a second stimulus from democrats, especially the moderates? >> it's a great question. i mean, i think that you had a lot of support for this right when it passed in the winter right when the president took office but it is a tougher political climate and coming up on the midterm congressional elections. if they phrased it in the form of tax credits or more tax cuts for workers, i think that might be popular. obviously, extending unemployment benefits is something, i think, they are taking a serious look at so it's taking shape but i do think they will get the pol
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Nov 30, 2009 3:00pm EST
happening there. >>> on the eve of president obama's prime time speech, david, on afghanistan, he spent today laying out his plans with his national security team and talking to american alice, including the prime minister of great britain and the president of france. here at home it has become clear the politics could make the expected escalation of the war a tough sell, especially among the president's supporters. but senator carl levin, democrat of michigan, says the need is for more afghan troops. >> i was in afghanistan, i was told that the greatest need in afghanistan is for more afghan troops. the key here is an afghan surge, not an american surge. >> meanwhile, republicans, like senator richard lugar say escalating the war may mean new taxes and holding off on health care reform. >> the war is terribly important. jobs and our economy are terribly important. so, this may be an audacious suggestion, but i would suggest we put aside the health care debate until next year, the same way we put cap and trade and climate change and talk now about the essentials, the war and money. >> o
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